Ray Cornelius

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012.  Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider  and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.

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I had the unique pleasure of interviewing the G.O.A.T of filmmaking—SPIKE LEE—for today’s edition of UPFRONT.  The award-winning director, actor, producer and cinema legend was in town to promote the 30th Anniversary Screening of his film, School Daze, which is taking place on Monday, February 19 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Mr. Lee stopped by the WCLK 91.9 studios to chat with me about the event and his iconic musical that originally debuted in theaters on February 12, 1988.

Check out the trailer for TV One’s award-winning #1 series UNSUNG. The new season premieres on Sunday, February 18 at 9 p.m. featuring R&B crooners Silk. The Atlanta based group shot to fame in the early 90s with such classic jams as “Freak Me,” “Girl U For Me” and “Meeting in My Bedroom.”

 

Other artist profiles include The Boys on February 25, Trick Daddy on March 4, Blue Magic on March 11, Deborah Cox on March 18, Shirley Caesar on March 25, Avant on April 8, Brand Nubian on April 15 and Lost Boyz on April 22.

Today's UPFRONT is another exciting one! We continue our celebration of Black History Month with interviews from the cast of TV One’s original movie Behind the Movement. Isaiah Washington, Loretta Devine and Roger G. Smith open up about their characters that helped shape the iconic Civil Rights Movement. The film airs tomorrow night at 7 p.m. EST. 

UPFRONT also catches up with the cast of Horizon Theatre Company's The Ballad of Klook and Vinette. Brittany Inge and Amari Cheatom discuss their sexy new musical production that has everyone talking. 

Check out a first look trailer for TV One’s new doc-series UNCENSORED. It premieres during Black History Month on Sunday, February 18 at 10 p.m. EST.  

Bounce TV is celebrating Black History Month with a special installment of Ed Gordon called Am I Black Enough?  The program will examine the nuances of cultural identity within the Black community to define exactly what it means to “be Black.” The award-winning journalist and series producer/host Gordon explores this interesting subject matter with influencers such as Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Anderson, Wayne Brady, Yara Shahidi, Taye Diggs, Charlamagne Tha God, Misty Copeland, Boris Kodjoe and others. 

 

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